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Michael and Elvis left legacy and lesson

Posted Friday, August 28, 2009, at 3:11 PM

I'm tired of turning on television and hearing about the recent death of Michael Jackson and/or comparing Michael with Elvis.

Yes, they had a major impact on music and entertainment at most levels.

While they are missed by many since their tragic deaths, they also taught the world a lesson by their respective deaths. I hope many of their fans will realize this factor.


All of the drugs that will eventually kill you aren't purchased from the scum of society we normally refer to as drug dealers.

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WELL said. Yes they were both addicts. It is a shame they got taken out early in life, but that is the price you pay to play with drugs.

-- Posted by 4fabfelines on Fri, Aug 28, 2009, at 5:56 PM

Untreated, active addiction is 100% fatal. Unfortunately, both Jackson and Presley, because of their wealth and fame, had many people around them who enabled their behavior rather than attempt to intervene in it. The ONLY proper treatment for addiction is total abstinence. No one has to die from addiction but sadly, so many do.

-- Posted by Tim Lokey on Fri, Aug 28, 2009, at 7:26 PM

Michael was the King of Pop and Elvis was The King of Rock n Roll. Yes they both abused drugs but understand that Michael's doctor administered Michael's fatal injection. Of course we don't know the entire details maybe Michael wanted to die.

Elvis Presley's cause of death was cardiac arrhythmia, But it was also a known fact Elvis was addicted to codeine, Valium, morphine, and Demerol. After this information was revealed, Vernon Presley, Elvis' father, had the complete autopsy report sealed. It will remain sealed until 2027. It makes one wonder why Elvis' father would want the report sealed for 50 years. There has been much speculation surrounding Elvis's death and I am sure there will be just as much surrounding Michael's death.

They were both true Icons in the music industry. Icons that will never be replaced nor forgotten.So there are a lot of similarities in their lives. I refuse to believe Michael Jackson was the monster some try to portray him to be. Michael was a child at heart he never had a childhood of his own. The charges bought about against Michael were all about the money. It is strange that many many child stars spent time at Michael's home and never saw Michael mistreat a child nor did Michael even try to harm them.(But of course they were not after Michael's money) And his children certainly loved him dearly.

It has to be hard being a star and unable to go out into Public without 100's of people following you. It has to be hard to be the target of rumors in the National Enquirer or Star. I know they made their choice when they became a performer but that does not make it any easier. Michael Jackson was in the public eye his entire life. Michael started performing at the age of 5.

I for one will miss Michael Jackson and it saddens me that we have lost a true artist.

-- Posted by Dianatn on Fri, Aug 28, 2009, at 7:45 PM

It's usually said that drugs should never be used except under the supervision of a professional healer.

Both of these people had in-house physicians (and other legal sources for their medications) who may not have had the professionalism to put the welfare of their patient first.

Pain control and anxiety can be very hard to treat but dosing someone with half the Physician's Desk Reference isn't a good idea.

I've heard no disclosures that indicated that they were given nerve blocks or treated with nalaxone,etc. to get rid of the physical side of the addiction.

When one is pretty much living under a self-imposed "house arrest",why couldn't an entourage or some sort of "conservator" make sure that nothing damaging ever goes in one's mouth or bloodstream?

IF one has money,influence and other wordly power,why would any "hangers on" have the power to manipulate,isolate,exploit and trap one in a destructive lifestyle that would just wind up making hamburger out of their "cash cow"?

These all-but-literal murders/suicides don't make sense but,then,I never understood why,in eras when every Hollywood hiccup can become fodder for the columnists and tabloids,that the people who witnessed child and animal abuse didn't expose those scandals.

We can hear every detail about a celebrity's love life,finances,brushes with the law and fashion disasters but an award-winning performer can't blow the whistle on the horse-tripping that occurs in his Westerns or sand-and-sandals epics and a sit-com lead can't raise a stink when child actor colleagues are strung out,starved or emotionally tortured?

There needs to be less gossip and a lot more "tough love" so our performers,sports figures,religious leaders,politicos,etc. don't lose the protections of private citizens without getting something positive out of all the public scrutiny.

They need to have *someone* looking after their rights and making sure they don't pay too high a price for their fame and our entertainment.

Where are the people watching out for the addicted singer,the athelete on steroids,the spouse or child of a star who's used as a punching bag,the model with the eating disorder,the clergy with crises of faith or the government leaders with crippling ailments?

We can adopt the "official" version of these public figures,we can revel in media ambushes and puff pieces meant to reveal their human aspects or we can let them be regular people and enforce our "ownership" of them by insisting that their lives be as healthy,fulfilling and honorable as we'd want our own to be.

-- Posted by quantumcat on Sat, Aug 29, 2009, at 12:05 AM

Many things have been and will be written, both pro and con regarding Michael Jackson. However if a man in his forties spends time in bed, in his underwear with little boys in their underwear, something is terribly and horribly wrong. Not having a childhood or being rich and famous is no excuse. Persons of less wealth and stature have been sent to prison for far less. How is it that we, as a society not only tolerate this abhorent behavior, but continue to make heroes and icons out of those who practice it just because they can throw a ball or sing a song?

-- Posted by Tim Lokey on Sat, Aug 29, 2009, at 1:25 PM

Michael Jackson was proven innocent even the child, who's family charged Michael said He Never touched him (of course after they got the money)

This wasn't just one child in Michael's bed it was a lot of children all at once, Michael slept in the floor. Watch the documentary called "Living With Michael" or look it up on youtube. These are the children who stayed with Michael.. see what they say about him!!

If indeed your child was molested by Michael Jackson how much money would it take for you to drop the charges?

-- Posted by Dianatn on Sat, Aug 29, 2009, at 2:33 PM

I, too am sorry for both losses. I loved ELVIS, and my children and I loved Michael's Music.

I didn't worship either one, but they had a special place in our lives.

The thing I think about now with wars, rumors of wars , maybe we should all look to Jesus who is the one true King. I want my children, family and friends to be together when we meet the true king.

I pray that all of us will be touched by how fast Elvis and Michael were taken from us. Please be ready for us to all be togther in Heaven.

-- Posted by Wilderness 68 on Mon, Aug 31, 2009, at 4:18 PM

When I do enter heaven's gates, I don't believe I'll waste my time looking for Elvis and Michael. They won't be there.

-- Posted by Tim Lokey on Tue, Sep 1, 2009, at 11:08 AM

After hearing from a policeman, that heard the little boy's description of Michael Jackson's private area. Then the policeman stated that he saw the photos of Mr. Jackson's privates. All I can say is that no child should know that much detail and accurate detail I might add, of a grown mans groin area. Jackson bought his way out of a conviction. He was a perverted messed up individual.

-- Posted by docudrama on Tue, Sep 1, 2009, at 6:54 PM

Maybe the kid saw the same picture of Mr.Jackson's privates that the policeman did.

I don't know about you but if somebody did molest my child there wouldn't be enough money in the world for me to drop charges. Michael may have been messed up and he may have had some strange ways but I refuse to believe that the charges against him was even remotely true.

-- Posted by Dianatn on Tue, Sep 1, 2009, at 9:19 PM

Could be that you have higher values than the child's parents. I think that the child's parents were sick as well as Mr. Jackson. However that does not excuse the fact that he was a sick perverted individual. In the end nether you or I can pass the final judgment on Michael, He like both you and I will stand before his maker and stand in his judgment. Mine is only an opinion and only one of many.

-- Posted by docudrama on Wed, Sep 2, 2009, at 12:48 AM

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Bo Melson is a retired sports and police beat editor of the Times-Gazette. He passed away November 15, 2014, at age 81.
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